The lost sock laundry tip

If, like me, you have a seemingly genetic inability to wash socks and get the same number out that went in, then I share your pain. I have had this problem my entire life. 

That was until a good friend of mine taught me a lovely trick which works quite well, most of the time.

Get everyone in the house to put their socks into the laundry basket tucked into a ball together, then they will not get lost behind the washing basket or under their beds. This is a bit of a group effort, so unless everyone joins in you may still have multiple odd socks hanging about the house. But it is worth a try. 

Good luck!


How to make your own washing powder


There are many recipes for making your own washing powder and I have tried lots of them. Some are more complicated, but I like this recipe best as it is simple to make and works really well.


  • 500g washing soda. Note: this is not our bicarb soda, you can find it on Amazon.
  • 200g bar of natural vegetable soap. I love Dr Bronner's, which you can find on Amazon and good quality health food shops. 
  • 5 drops essential oils 
  • Distilled white vinegar

Grate or blend the soap into a fine mixture and then add 500g washing soda to the soap, and mix together well. 

You will only need one tablespoon per wash, and rather than using a fabric softener try adding distilled white vinegar instead. I promise this will not make your washing smell like a fish and chip shop, but it will make your things lovely and soft. Iron with an ironing water spray and your clothes will be clean, and your environment will be much happier for the change. 

What is washing soda? 

This product has many names. Sodium carbonate, washing soda, soda ash and soda crystals but regardless of these names it is all the same powder. It's chemical structure is Na2CO3, and it is a water-soluble sodium salt of carbonic acid.

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